How was your week

Posted: April 29, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The 2017 NFL draft kicked off Thursday night with the 1st round. The 2nd and 3rd rounds where held last night and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th rounds take place this afternoon. What I’ve learned from watching some of the first three rounds is the fact that the people who predict which player a team will take doesn’t know much more than you and I do at home watching.

Now I read multiple mock drafts heading into this years draft and heading into the draft most where predicting that the Cleveland Browns would be taking a quarterback with the #1 pick. Then as word leaked out that the Browns would be taking defensive end Miles Garrett they all went in to change their drafts; so they’d get that pick right. The odd thing is that the majority of these drafts had Garrett as the Browns selection early in the process, but they talked themselves out of the pick for some reason. Garrett was the best player in the draft; so why wouldn’t the Browns select him with the #1 pick.

Of course when it comes to the Browns I’m realizing that no matter what they do the media is going to rip them anyway. After a lot of the media missed on the Browns taking a quarterback at the top of the draft they had them taking one with the second 1st round pick at #12. Well there was a quarterback taken with the 12th pick, but it was by the Houston Texans who traded the 25th pick along with some other picks to the Browns for that 12th pick. When the 25th pick came along everyone again was waiting for the Browns to take a quarterback. At #25 Cleveland selected Jabrill Peppers the versatile safety out of Michigan. Then it seemed as the Browns where almost trying to get the medias goat at this point as they traded back into the 1st round at #29 and again everyone was sure this would be the quarterback that the media thought the Browns needed. With the 29th pick the Browns selected David Njoku highly touted tight end who had slipped down in the 1st round. As the 1st round ended the Browns had made three picks and none of them was a quarterback and this got them ripped right and left by the media. Now in the past there have been reason to get on the Browns about their drafts, but it looks as though  they made three very good selection this time around.

Now Cleveland traded it’s early 2nd round draft pick to move back up into the 1st round to select Njoku; so where would they find there future quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes II and Deshaun Watson where all selected in the 1st round and with the Browns sitting with the 52nd pick it didn’t look like they’d be getting one of the top rated quarterbacks in this draft. Well what do you know there was no quarterback taken after Watson went 12th overall and when Cleveland’s pick came up in the 2nd round they had their choice of the quarterbacks that where left; if that’s the route they wanted to go. This time the Browns did select a quarterback and with the 52nd pick Cleveland selected DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame. Now at one point Kizer was rated as the top quarterback coming into this draft and there where experts who had Cleveland taking Kizer with the #1 pick. Now I guess they wanted to protect their good name after the Browns where able to pick up a quarterback in the middle of the 2nd round and they didn’t follow their advice the media kept giving them; so the media proceeded to rip Kizer every and any way they could think of.

Now to me this was quite humorous as it was if they where all little kids and someone had taken away the ball they where playing with. I know Cleveland has been the laughing stock of the NFL for a few years now, but why was it so difficult for the media and the people who where predicting the draft to give the Browns some credit for what they did.

Now as we go back to the top of the draft the Chicago Bears decided they needed to move up from the 2nd to the 3rd spot in the draft to get their future quarterback in Trubisky. Now the Bears gave up quite a bit just to move up to the 2nd spot the San Francisco 49ers had. Chicago sent the 3rd pick, a 3rd round pick, a 4th round pick in this draft and a 2018 3rd round pick to San Francisco for the rights to move up to that 2nd pick. Now at first I just thought the Bears front office was incredibly stupid for making this move. Then when the news came out that the Bears where bidding against themselves and no other team had even talked to San Francisco to move up to the 2nd spot in the draft; I really thought they where dumb. Then I started looking at this from a different point of view. Instead of Ryan Pace and the Bears front office being the dumb ones maybe 49ers new general manager John Lynch and his front off where just that smart. It seems as Lynch was able to make the Bears think that there where other teams interested in the #2 pick and the Bears believed that one of those teams who might move up would take Trubisky. I guess it could be a combination of both that allowed this to happen, but Lynch was able to pull of a few draft day deals; so I’m starting to think that San Francisco deserves the credit for these deals.

The NBA 1st round is almost over, but not quite. The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics both closed out their 1st round series last night with Game 6 wins, but the Los Angeles Clippers where able to force a Game 7 in their series with the Utah Jazz with a 98-93 win Friday night. With every other 1st round series wrapped up the Jazz and the Clippers will head back to Los Angeles for their deciding Game 7 Sunday afternoon. Who do you have winning this series; the Jazz? or the Clippers?

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